I always swore before that I would never go beyond the good old paperback or hardback copy when it came to reading my novels. But living in NYC and traveling far more often than I ever had before has helped sway my thoughts on this topic. I recently learned about Audible, an app that provides digital spoken audio entertainment in the form of books and on-demand channels.
My recent trip to Paris was the perfect opportunity for me to try out the new app and bring my reading to the road in a new digital way (new for me at least). One of my favorite authors is Isabel Allende, and I have been waiting to get my hand on her new book that came out called The Japanese Lover. Audible app has literally ever book you ever wanted in audible form. I searched this title because I was curious, and yup there it was . . . the first thing that came up. Of course, it was my first Audible download and I am now addicted! As someone who attempts to pack light (but usually fails) when traveling or even making the trek into Manhattan from Brooklyn, there isn’t much room left for a book in my purse or carry on. It’s so much more convenient I found to have everything I’m reading (well in this case, listening to) right on my phone for easy access. It’s one less thing to weigh down my shoulders, and I can listen anytime. In the case of my Paris trip, the slow Parisian mornings gave me time to kick back in our quaint hotel room and get some listening of The Japanese Lover on with my coffee before heading out for lunch. At the airport my audible story keeps me company and makes the wait to board my plane that much more bearable. And now I can continue the story here in NYC on the subway, when I’m waiting in long lines at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, or just went I want to chill in the park when the summer evenings start to cool down. My stories can go with me anywhere nowadays.
It’s quite relaxing having a lovely voice speak the story to me and I can close me eyes and imagine it coming to life. No more lines are missed, or re-read over and over because my mind is wandering. Listening on Audible actually makes me less distracted so I can focus much better. And for someone who is also a true multi-tasker, the benefits of using Audible really are a dream come true. I can get things done and get my reading done the same time. And now I’m getting into Audible Channels, as well, which is something totally new for me. Basically, Channels is an organized collection of original programming and exclusive content including episodic programs, distinctive comedy, lectures and the best of audio periodicals. It’s fun browsing through the list on the app and seeing what catches my eye (or actually should I say ear). So many topics . . . the range is so wide. This section is definitely made for the curious person who likes to get adventurous with what they listen to, or who is open to learning new things. By the way, Channels is a free benefit for Audible Premium members.
Are you curious now about Audible now? Well perfect timing, because the app is offering a 30-day free trial for new users. Plus one free audible book download. Click the link HERE to come check it out. It might actually change your life.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.